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Before You Push Play – Important Considerations When Using Videotaped Depositions at Trial

Videotaped depositions can be an effective trial tool. When using video at trial, however, attorneys must remain mindful of the court record. Often, especially for long excerpts, court reporters at trial do not see the need...more

Rethinking the “Standard” Arbitration Clause in Cloud Agreements

Twenty or so years ago, arbitration began to gain wide acceptance among lawyers as a viable alternative for the effective resolution of civil disputes. Clients were beginning to view “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR) as...more

Looking to Gather Evidence in the US? Here's How to Get it Done.

It’s an often overlooked fact that non-US litigants can use the United States’ broad discovery regime to gather evidence for non-US proceedings. For foreign applicants, US discovery laws essentially create a way to obtain...more

Tips for Dealing with a Difficult Deponent

If you take depositions, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter deponents who are difficult to question. In addition to maintaining a professional manner, consider using one or more of the following strategies, based on the...more

Headings Are Key to an Effective Document

Whatever document you’re drafting—from a memorandum for a partner to a brief for the court—using clear and concise headings and subheadings will take your reader by the hand and lead them smoothly through your document....more

Depositions in Paris

Taking depositions in Paris sounds like a glamorous time, until you read the fine print, that is. Your head likely will be spinning so much that you may as well be reading French. Unless, of course, you are fluent in...more

Bellwether Trials: What Manufacturers Can Learn from the GM Ignition Claim MDL

As product liability multidistrict litigation becomes more prevalent, it is important for manufacturers to understand how the bellwether trial process works and how to use it to their advantage. The ongoing bellwether trials...more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense

I am committed to helping shape a system for securities litigation defense that helps directors and officers get through securities litigation safely and efficiently, without losing their serenity or dignity, or facing any...more

Questions to Ask When Deposing an Expert

The task of deposing the opposition’s expert is simplified immeasurably by keeping in mind the deposition’s fundamental purpose: to discover all of the expert’s opinions and all of the bases for those opinions. Your goal...more

Alert: What US GCs Should Know About Litigation Funding in England & Wales

The situation may be a familiar one: a client with a meritorious claim, but insufficient financial resources (or even C-suite support) to pursue matters. In this tip sheet, we explain how the continued growth of litigation...more

11 Steps to Introducing Exhibits at Trial

If it’s your first trial or it’s been a while since you’ve tried a case, here’s a handy list of the steps to take when introducing your evidence at trial. STEP 1: Mark your exhibit for identification. The court clerk...more

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

April 23rd will be the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth in 1564. He died on the same date in 1616, making this the 400th anniversary of his death. Actually, the exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is...more

Getting It Right The First Time: Presenting A Persuasive Argument Without Relying On The Court’s Familiarity With The Facts Or The...

Even apart from the importance of assuring appellate review, properly preserving the record and carefully laying out one’s argument can have an immediate impact at the trial level. Very often, a litigator comes across a...more

Strategic Considerations of Estoppel for IPRs After Shaw Industries Group v. Automated Creel Systems

When a patent is challenged in an inter partes review and a final written decision has been issued, a statutory estoppel will prevent certain subsequent proceedings. The scope of the estoppel, which applies to both Patent and...more

Secret Wisdom from the “Stars” of the Legal Profession

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Connecticut Bar Association’s awards dinner — titled, “Celebrate with the Stars”. It was a lovely event filled with accolades for some of the state’s best and brightest in the...more

Talkin Bout Your (?) Generation

For once, our happy birthday wish really has something to do with births, specifically the significance of birth cohorts for litigation strategies and tactics. The actor Paul Rudd is celebrating his birthday today, April 6. ...more

Objecting to a Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation

An unpublished opinion from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2016 caught our eye because it collected various established preservation-of-error principles for objecting to a magistrate judge's report and...more

9 Steps to Getting Business Records into Evidence

You know you can get business records into evidence under an exception to the hearsay rule, but you’re not exactly sure how to do it. It’s simply a mechanical process—just get your witness on the stand and follow these nine...more

The Estoppel Effects of IPR May Be Significantly Limited

A recent case at the Federal Circuit seems to significantly limit the estoppel effect of an Inter Partes Review (IPR) that is instituted on some grounds, but not all. The case adds another arrow in the strategic quiver of...more

[Webinar] Got Data? Analytics to the Rescue - April 19th, 12:00pm CDT

Within an enterprise, data is a dual-edged sword – it’s both the lifeblood powering critical business operations and the kryptonite preventing the business from flexing its muscle. When investigations, litigation or...more

First Circuit Upholds Defense Verdict in Diet Drug Case

Happy Birthday, Eric Clapton. (March 30 is also the birthday of painters Goya and Van Gogh. Is there something about March 30 that breeds people who turn their blues into art?) Clapton has been around so long it is easy to...more

4 takeaways for higher ed from the Alaburda student lawsuit verdict

Last week a California jury rejected a law school graduate’s claim that her alma mater falsified graduate-employment data in the much-anticipated Alaburda v. Thomas Jefferson School of Law trial. The lawsuit was filed on May...more

A Model Preservation Test for Race-Based Peremptory Challenges

Preserving error during voir dire can be tricky. In jurisdictions like Florida, certain steps must be taken to preserve objections, including those related to pretextual peremptory challenges. On March 18, Florida’s...more

When is an Alice Challenge Ripe?

When defending against a software patent attack, litigants often address patent-eligibility by filing covered business method (CBM) reviews, moving to dismiss the lawsuit altogether, or waiting until summary judgment....more

Taking Depositions: Handling the No-Show Deposition

Editor’s Note: Here at The Bankruptcy Cave, we love insolvency stuff; we eat it for breakfast and dream about it at night. (We are not kidding.) Sometimes that includes credit-related litigation, and so we keep our...more

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